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17:00 16th April 2016

Chester 4 Welling United 0

Chester eased their relegation fears with a convincing win; sending Welling down in the process from the National League.

John Rooney’s brace set the tone for a comfortable victory – with the brilliant Kane Richards and Tom Shaw adding gloss to the scoreline.

The Blues were fired up for their crunch clash, and almost took the lead on two minutes, Ryan Higgins’ powerful run and subsequent cross was skied over by Ryan Lloyd from inside the box.

A promising start was rewarded with a penalty inside the opening ten – Jordan Chapell found James Alabi who was brought down inside the box by Michael Chambers.

John Rooney stepped up, but his effort was stopped by keeper Marek Rodak to keep the game goalless.

Nevertheless, Rooney made amends ten minutes later by giving the Blues the lead.

Kane Richards did all the work, he was superb down the left beating Kevin Lokko twice before his cutback fell kindly for the midfielder to bend the ball home from just inside the area.

Chester were eager to extend the advantage at a tense Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, Alabi denied by Rodak after picking it up on the edge of the box.

Rooney had a glorious chance to make it two thanks to some hesitancy in the Welling defence – Richards set him up – but the attempted chip landed just over the crossbar.

The visiting Wings were facing relegation, but struggled to conjure up any real openings in the first half – Tony Thompson having to claw away a dangerous corner on the stroke of half time.

After the break, that man again Rooney doubled the lead on 47 minutes.

This time it was Alabi that did all the work, he stormed down the right wing excellently and cut the ball back for Rooney to slot under the keeper and into the net.

Chester were riding the crest of a wave following the interval, Heneghan’s header from a corner deflected just beyond the post.

A third was added on 66 minutes – deservedly so by Richards – as he latched onto a ball over the top and calmly sidefooted home.

The Blues were at their emphatic best – and made it four with just six minutes of normal time remaining; a cross was brought down by Richards and Tom Shaw kept his head and poked home from six yards.

CHESTER: Thompson, Higgins, Heneghan, Astles, Hunt, Chapell (Mahon 71), Rooney, Shaw, Lloyd, Alabi (Hobson 76), Richards (O’Brien 85).
SUBS NOT USED: Worsnop, George.
WELLING: Rodak, Chambers (Wanadio 69), Nortey, Gayle, Taylor, Lokko, Corne, Harris (Porter 26), Daniel, Kargbo, Bakare (Kabba 69).
SUBS NOT USED: McEntegart, Lee.
SCORERS: Rooney 18 & 47, Richards 66, Shaw 84.
REFEREE: Ian Hussin.


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